What are the things that software engineers earning 130k base in valley would not understand about those earning 80k?

OSIsoft ret.co
Mar 14 11 Comments

Self explanatory.

Follow up question.

Trying to get perspectives.

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  • Airbnb / Finance
    unemployd

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    unemploydmore
    Airpods, common project Achilles, and postmating meals on the weekends are a privilege.

    Not everybody has the same retirement timeline as you. Most of 80Kers will work far longer bc we don't have as much to put into 401Ks, etc.

    Obviously, 80K may not include stock etc.

    A small but mighty amount doesn't care about money as much because it'll come with career ladder climbing (consulting, some banking).

    Money isn't always the end game. If someone enjoys their work enough and it's been a dream to live in the Bay area, 80K is enough to get by. If said person is extremely happy and loves being here, I'd argue they're richer than most of us are.
    Mar 141
    • Microsoft tonejeh
      last sentence is spot-fucking-on
      Mar 14
  • Dell mikecohen
    Correct ... I was earning 80k in Texas with great WLB and good social life. Was able to go to gym daily along with a hobby but looked at all the folks here with high TCs and gave myself a shot at Fang with double the TC in Bay Area.

    Now, I have more stress with no WLB but money that I can’t use.
    Mar 144
    • PyLadies iQea15
      😔
      Mar 14
    • Cerner dnPh42
      That's a willing trade off you choose though
      Mar 14
    • Cerner asdftvf
      I am in similar boat haven't started working on valley yet but I have same concerns
      Mar 15
    • New setter
      Just curious. Why can’t you go to the gym daily? Is WLB that bad that doesn’t allow you 1 hour of additional free time in the evening or early morning?
      Mar 15
  • Axtria DesiLaunda
    Not everyone works in the tech industry, so many people are actually doing very good in their careers if they are making 80k, and they may just be smarter than many of us. This is something a new grad swe making 130k will never understand.
    Mar 140
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    That on $130k you’re a fool if you live in the valley, instead of out in the hills with the $80k folks, who will retire earlier as a result of saving more cash.
    Mar 140
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    iloceyo

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    Money isn’t everything if you can’t have a family and spend it time with your kids. Also personality because they’re working with the same people all day
    Mar 141
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      When you have a child support payment money is everything.
      Mar 15

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